pretermitted heir

Definition of "pretermitted heir"
  1. A child not included in a will, who the court assumes was unintentionally overlooked, typically due to being born or adopted post the documenting of the will, hence, entitled to an equal portion of the estate as if there was no will
How to use "pretermitted heir" in a sentence
  1. The court acknowledged John as a pretermitted heir and approved his claim on his late father's estate.
  2. Since Jane was adopted after her adoptive mother's will was documented, she was deemed a pretermitted heir.
  3. After Bob's father's demise, he was considered a pretermitted heir as his name wasn't included in the will.

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